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Acne patients often have many different sorts of scars. Different types of scars often require different treatments for optimum results. Scars that form deep pits are called ‘ice pick scars‘ and are a classic sign of acne scarring. Scars with a more angular edge, that are either shallow or deep, are called boxcar scars and commonly occur on the temple and cheeks. Scars that create a largely indented area are known as rolling scars. There are now many different ways to treat acne scars, and many patients require a combination of treatments to achieve the best results.Dr Patrick Treacy was amongst the first to use CO2 fractionalized resurfacing for acne scarring over 11 years ago. Ailesbury also uses Radiofrequency Medical Microneedling, Dermaroller and Microneedling.
Ice-pick scars – these are deep, narrow, pitted scars
Rolling scars – broad depressions with sloping edge
Boxcar scars – broad depressions with with sharply defined edges
Atrophic scars – flat, thin scars or depressed scars
Hypertrophic or keloid scars – thick lumpy scars
Ice pick and boxcar scars
Unfortunately, hypertrophic or keloid scars are particularly prone to recur even after apparently successful treatment.